Wednesday, September 9, 2009

The Great Salt Lake

Photos above were taken during our summer trip last year at Salt Lake Marina, Salt Lake City, Utah. The Great Salt Lake is one of the most asked-about tourist destinations in Utah. It is the largest natural lake west of the Mississippi River. Great Salt Lake is salty because it does not have an outlet. Tributary rivers are constantly bringing in small amounts of salt dissolved in their fresh water flow. Once in the Great Salt Lake much of the water evaporates leaving the salt behind. Great Salt Lake is too saline to support fish and most other aquatic species. Several types of algae live in the lake. Brine shrimp and brine flies can tolerate the high salt content and feed on the algae.

The marina is located on the south shore of the Great Salt Lake, 16 miles west of Salt Lake City along Interstate 80. A marina with 300 slips is available for year-round boating on the lake that never freezes.

Great Salt Lake State Marina Information

  • Elevation - 4,200 ft.
  • Park Open - All Year
  • Picnicking
  • Group Pavilion
  • Drinking Water
  • Modern Rest Rooms
  • Boating
  • Swimming
  • Watchable Wildlife
  • Entrance fee - $2